Originally Posted by cb1000rider
Looking for recommendations - especially areas with access to water or are kid-friendly...
If you get near Champaign, IL check out D&W Lake Camping in Central, Illinois
It is a small CG (28 or so RV spots) just north of the intersection of I-74 & I-57. There are some reasonable routes from that area into MI.
It might be a little light on water access (as in water play ground) but it has a nice, private fishing pond which doesn't require a fishing license. All the main spots are nicely tree covered and pretty darn wide. It is a quiet place but not stuffy. $25 a night with full hook ups and most sites are pull through w/50 amp. Sandee, Gunny, Thor and I are "resident" there until we retire later this year. We are very happy with it.
Were you looking to go up I-57 or more like I-70 across towards Indianapolis? I guess your final destination in MI will be a major factor. Going up I-57. Anything west of Battle Creek might make I-57 a good way to go. Lansing and east I-70 to I-69 looks good but...I have heard I-69 is horrible.
We were on I-69 a couple weeks ago when we went to Charlotte, MI. I-69 wasn't too bad north of I-94 but I've been on better. I wouldn't re-route around it because it wasn't that bad. On our return to home we detoured through Fort Wayne on I-69 to stay a couple days at Indiana Beach in Monticello, IN. I don't recall it being bad at all once we got south of I-94. I think the worst is south of there.
All that being said...I may have I-69 confused with reports about I-65 south of Indianapolis.
One consideration that you might be interested in is Indiana Beach in Monticello, IN. It is a water/amusement park that might be in line with what you are looking for the kids. Park rides, boats to rent but a bit too crowded for my tastes.
There are 3 CGs I am familiar with there. 2 are run by Indiana Beach Resorts Indiana Beach Amusement Resort: Amusement Park, Hotel, Campground & Waterpark
We stayed at the NASCAR one twice this year. The off season visit was nice and quiet but Memorial Day weekend was a zoo! They have a lot of seasonal spots through out the park. That means LOTS of golf carts. LOL They have some stuff to do in the CG along with shuttles to the IB park. We stayed in section K which was the far NW part of the CG and thus didn't have as much traffic going around us.
The other CG we stayed in last year was Lost Acres RV Home - Lost Acres RV Park
Again, a lot of seasonal spots and golf carts. A little off to the NW of Indian Beach but not far. It gets you off of the main drag along IB.
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